Jade’s a gem for Bangalow women's soccer

MEMORABLE SEASON: Bangalow Bluedogs soccer star Jade Bianchetti, the Far North Coast women’s premier division player of the year and golden boot winner, pictured at Schultz Oval, Bangalow.
MEMORABLE SEASON: Bangalow Bluedogs soccer star Jade Bianchetti, the Far North Coast women’s premier division player of the year and golden boot winner, pictured at Schultz Oval, Bangalow. Patrick Gorbunovs

It is her second year in a side which took out the minor premiership in the women's premier division.

At the FNC presentation dinner, Bianchetti was also named player of the year and received the golden boot award for most goals scored through the season.

"It was a big surprise, I definitely wasn't expecting it," she said.

"I don't think I would have been able to do it if I wasn't in this team.

"It's not just about me, we have a great coach and a side that can go all the way,"

Bianchetti admits she didn't keep count but it was revealed at the presentation that she finished the season with 28 goals.

She had previously played on the Gold Coast before starting an exercise science degree at Southern Cross University in 2012.

The 26-year-old says she has never enjoyed her soccer more than the time she has spent with Bangalow.

She believes having a good year off the pitch has helped her achieve on-field success.

"I'm loving my time at SCU and think being happy brings out your best on field," Bianchetti said.

"It's my second season at the club and I haven't looked back since coming here.

"A couple of players in the team travel but we have a good local side."

Bianchetti will look to lead Bangalow to a grand final appearance against Alstonville next weekend.

But first they will have to get past Richmond Rovers in the preliminary final at Bangalow tonight.

"I'm confident in the team we have and hopefully we can keep going," Bianchetti said.

"We probably got a bit nervous in the semi-final but we're not taking this season for granted.

"We're all close off the field and that's helped us get this far."



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